Leighton (13534) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Funky 7, in Brooklyn. Batch 1, 2010. Pours amber-brown with a small, off-white head. Vinous aroma, tart and lightly spicy. Very sour flavor, lightly sweet, some herbs and malts. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Tart finish, some sour fruits and faint earthiness. Very good, dynamic beer.
bhensonb (12135) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 15, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Capped 750 shared by Marcus. Pours dark copper with a transient beige head. Slightly sour red berry aroma. Smells like a really smooth Bon Chien. Med + body. Flovor is moderate woody/ sour red berry. Plus pomegranate. Tasty and drinkable.
jcwattsrugger (11359) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
shared by jtc-750 bottle-pours murky amber with a light tan head. Aroma is white grape, wood, medium malt. Taste is medium malt-roasty, white grape-vinuous, wood, slight vinegar.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Late Harvest
Date: September 16, 2011
Appearance: hazy amber, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet aroma, fruity esters, chocolate, spices
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, fruity barrel tartness, light spicyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
jtclockwork (10432) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at my house. Pours brown with tan head. Nose/taste of peppercorns, caramel, vinous pinot noir notes, orange peel and oak. Well balanced vinegary tartness that compliments and doesn’t overpower. Medium body.
hopdog (9588) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Batch 1. Poured a hazy deep amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Woody, fruity, some toastiness, and cherries. Tastes of cherries, vinous, fruity, light vinegar, and citrus. Light tart finish.
Sammy (9314) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Volo. Pours dark with lots of lace. Signficantly tart, even sour to the person sharing the bottle. A saison only in the broadest of terms,an one of a kind. Yeasty and peppery aroma. I found the mouthfeel smooth. Not for everyone.
mcberko (8691) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, pours cloudy orangey amber with a small beige head. Aroma of sweet and sour berries, other fruits and yeast. Flavour of sour berries, some sweet fruits
3fourths (8495) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. browned bronze body, small off-white head. spice cabinet nose presents pumpkin and nutmeg (most likely coming from the saison yeast playing with the barley) with the woody/herbal/earthy quality of the grains of paradise present at medium strength (it’s certainly one of the few grains of paradise beers I enjoy right off the bat). medium- body, slight wateriness, but medium- to medium acidity adds a quenching character that saves it (I can see now that these upright bottles may not be fully developed at the time of release, and found that 6-9 months seems to be the sweet spot, esp. for the gose). medium dry finish, light woody spiced finish, mild to medium- peppercorn character (wouldn’t have guessed but I’m pretty suggestible). pinot character is non-existent, only the oak is noticeable. suffers from poor body structure/slow bottle conditioning, but should be there in a few more months.
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line :
This dryish Sour Ale promotes cranberries and sour cherries on a bed of biscuity cereals, a whole slowly moving into diplomatic tartness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam sits atop the shiny mahogany.
-The soft but effervescent carbonation is rather pleasant.
-Citrusy fruitiness emanates from the tartness.
-This is not one of those bold Sour Ales we’ve gotten used to. It’s a beautiful introduction to these flavors, even if it’s complexity might be lacking.